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NEWS: Nunavut June 19, 2012 - 5:01 am

Two new directors appointed to Nunavut Development Corp. board

Jerry Ell and John Main join the NDC board


Jerry Ell of Iqaluit and John Main of Cambridge Bay have been named to the board of the Nunavut Development Corp., Peter Taptuna, the Nunavut minister responsible for the NDC, announced June 18.

“Jerry Ell has distinguished himself as a professional carver,” Taptuna said. “He has proven he knows what it takes to be a successful artist. We welcome the skills he brings to the Nunavut Development Corporation and its five art-based subsidiaries.”

Ell is also the Chair of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.

John Main has worked as a manager of Community Mining Engagement with the Government of Nunavut, where he helped form the Kivalliq Mine Training Society, and as the Economic Development Officer in Arviat.

“John Main also brings a variety of skills and knowledge to the board,” Taptuna said. “His experience in designing and implementing economic development ventures will be a tremendous asset to the Nunavut Development Corporation. He will provide the corporation with strong commerce and business acumen.”

Main and Ell replace outgoing board members Thomas Druyan and Wayne Solomon who have left the territory.

The Nunavut Development Corp. board also includes directors Nancy Karetak-Lindell of Arviat, Louis Kamookak of Gjoa Haven, Chris Rudd of Rankin Inlet, Donald Havioyak of Kugluktuk, David Alagalak of Arviat and Zacharias Kunuk of Igloolik.

The corporation began life in the early 1990s as a Crown corporation called the Northwest Territories Development Corp.

After the creation of Nunavut in 1999, its Nunavut operations became known as the Nunavut Development Corp.

In 2010-11, the corporation managed to turn $3.1 million in government subsidies into 120 Nunavut jobs. Another $1.5 million went to harvesters. Its subsidiaries include Kitikmeot Foods Ltd. in Cambridge Bay, Ivalu in Rankin Inlet, Pangnirtung Fisheries and the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts in Pangnirtung.

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